Brooklyn Falls to Orlando, 128-118, In Nets' First Official Bubble Game

Lou DiPietro
July 31, 2020 - 5:57 pm

The Brooklyn Nets began their official journey inside the NBA’s Disney World Bubble on Friday afternoon, but it was an unsuccessful first step thanks to a 128-118 loss to the Orlando Magic.

The loss snapped Brooklyn’s winning streak at three – they did not lose a game between Kenny Atkinson’s dismissal and the NBA stoppage – and advanced Orlando’s winning streak to four, as well as pushing the Magic back ahead of the Nets into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

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The Nets had not played since defeating the Lakers in Los Angeles on March 10. They were in the Bay Area to play the Warriors the next night when the NBA season was halted due to COVID-19.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot paced the Nets with 24 points and Caris LeVert added 17 in a game where a depleted Brooklyn team saw Chris Chiozza make his first NBA start, and fellow starter Lance Thomas play his first NBA minutes of the season.

Brooklyn shot 70 percent in the first quarter and raced out to a 39-36 lead, but Orlando roared back to take a 70-59 lead at the half and led by as many as 30 before a late Nets flurry cut the final deficit to 10.

Perhaps the most notable moment of the game happened prior to it, though: Orlando’s Jonathan Isaac was the lone player to stand for the National Anthem, and was the lone Magic player not wearing a Black Lives Matter warm-up shirt.

Brooklyn now sits at 30-35 and a half-game behind the Magic for the seventh spot in the East, but they also are currently five-and-a-half ahead of ninth-place Washington – 1.5 games ahead of the threshold for the Wizards to force a play-in game.

The Nets’ next bubble tilt is Sunday at 2 p.m., when they will be the home team against those Wizards. 

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